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Old 06-30-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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What Do You Consider "Bolt-On"?

Something I was thinking about today.

What does everyone consider to be a "bolt-on" modification? So far I have come up with three options.

Option 1:
Everything is a bolt-on part that does not involve substantially altering an existing part or doing some kind of custom work (such as boring out cylinders). If the part exists for the Focus, it is a bolt-on.

Option 2:
Parts that can be installed without needing tuning or additional modifications to make them work. This would include aftermarket exhaust, intake, suspension parts, visual parts. In my mind, this would exclude aftermarket cams, heads, motor work, maybe transmission work, and possibly as far as intake manifold and maybe even a header.

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"Bolt-on" is just the term used to refer to a vehicle modification. This includes motor work (boring out, port and polish, anything like that) to the basic air intake. Aftermarket clutches, transmissions, any and every single part is under the umbrella term of bolt-on. Also involves custom tuning.

Just wondering what everyone's personal opinions are. Please share your opinion and add any option that I or others did not think of.


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Old 06-30-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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Leaving the engine (block and head) alone and adding parts around it which can include a turbo or SC.
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Anything the average joe can do with a socket-set, some screw-drivers and a set of jack+stands.

Id argue that turbo's arent quite bolt-on as they require tuning, running oil lines, potentially fabbing mounts for intercooler, etc. (not to mention supporting mods)
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Still bolted on to the engine but yeah, probably means a little simpler mods to most.
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Yeah, I personally don't consider a turbo a bolt-on. Even though kits like FSWerks pretty much bolt on, the car still has to be tuned. It's kind of a gray area for me, I guess.
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Does it require trimming other parts? Does it require tuning to be optimal?

If "no"; bolt-on.
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For the engine, anything external that can be "bolted on" without taking the basic engine components apart. Can be further defined as "basic", N/A, etc..

Even BSD kit for a 2.3 could be considered a bolt on as pan removal etc. is fairly simple.

Turbos & superchargers are classic "bolt on power" as long as engine mods for better performance/longevity aren't included.

Most Chassis mods are bolt on type, only get past that when you get into cutting/welding/extensive bodywork.
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I put a SC on my Type R and all I added was a FPR along with an intake, header and exhaust and I considerd that a bolt-on then came an AEM engine manegement system but at that time was still considered bolt-ons since the engine stayed completely stock.
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Bolt-ons to me means these basic mods that really don't require tuning.
- Cold Air Intake
- Intake Manifold
- Header/exhaust manifold
- Exhaust system/ Cat back / Mufflers (Fart cans)
although adding these components can benefit from a tune, your car will run just fine without one. That is what I consider bolt on.

Where the internet forum world is concerned. The addition of SC, FI or ITB's, even though they technically bolt onto the exterior of the engine, are not what I would consider "Bolt-on" mods as they require extensive tuning.
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I agree with ViperThreat's description. If you can use basic hand tools to install a part and it doesn't require tuning or other changes then that's what I'd consider bolt-on.
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